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    8 candies that make dental professionals scream

    'Tis the season of candy, candy and more candy—much to dental professionals' dismay. Here are the worst-of-the-worst treats for dental health.

     

    Jawbreakers

    Jawbreakers

    This candy lives up to its name: The hard sweet can break a jaw, or induce intense jaw pain in dental professionals who are clenching their teeth in frustration. In addition to being hard enough to crack a tooth, jawbreakers are the pinnacle of long-lasting candy. Because they can be never-ending (just ask Willy Wonka), jawbreakers expose dentition to sugar for an unhealthy amount of time—giving bacteria an all-access pass to the 36 grams of sugar in each half-inch candy.

    Don’t even get us started on the enormous jawbreakers that can take weeks, months or even years to finish.

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    Laura Dorr
    Laura Dorr is the executive editor of DPR's Modern Dental Network.

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